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The Ian Balding Albatross Standup Paddleboard
The idea to shape the board was to make a downwinder or a board that could be taken out to the shoals to ride big swells. The design is basically an enlarged Hawaiian gun shape. The Albatross is 14′ X 28″ X 4 3/4″ pintail with a double concave to vee bottom with a 2 + 1 fin setup.
For more information on Ian Balding
Ian Balding is based in Wilmington, NC. He is a master craftsman, surfer, paddler, fisherman, husband, and purely passionate board builder. His boards, especially his work with wood, are living, breathing pieces of usable, lovable art with soul. Check him out.